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S.D. Marijuana Task Force Meets For First Time

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Aired 10/9/09

San Diego is moving forward with its attempts to figure out some regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries even as other cities crack down on the industry. San Diego’s Medical Marijuana Task Force met for the first time Friday.

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Above: City Council appoints a medical marijuana task force. The editors discuss federal and state laws.

— San Diego is moving forward with its attempts to figure out some regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries even as other cities crack down on the industry. San Diego’s Medical Marijuana Task Force met for the first time Friday.

The task force will meet weekly on Fridays at 9 a.m. Councilwoman Marti Emerald is a vocal supporter of the group. She said court cases regarding medical marijuana dispensaries in the state will likely take years to play out.

“In the mean time it would be nice to have some clear guidelines for how we deal with this issue in San Diego. Guidelines with regard to the land use and zoning issues, guidelines for patients and caregivers and law enforcement,” he said.

This is the second time the city’s created a medical marijuana task force. The first was formed in 2002. That group created a city ID card for patients and established some enforcement guidelines. Emerald said things have changed since then including the State Attorney General setting up guidelines for how dispensaries can operate.

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